Comets break barriers at Quicksilver Classic

The Comets took a small group of athletes to the Quicksilver Classic at Leland High School on Saturday March 31st. Despite the small number of athletes that attended the meet, the Comets saw quite a few PRs and seasons bests. The first Comet to compete was Luis Escamilla in the 300 hurdles. Despite being sick, Luis managed a new PR of 50.77. Yesenia Martinez was next, running 31.74 for the 200, a massive improvement on her previous best of 33.16. Yeimili Adame ran a PR of 30.26, the 2nd best time by a Comet this season. Raven Alcantara rounded out the frosh/soph 200s with a PR of 25.11, smashing his previous best of 26.06. This is also the best time by a Comet this season.

Ashley Preciado managed a big PR in the girls 3200, taking her PR all the way down to 14:15, (previous best 14:49). Hugo Marquez broke the 12 minute barrier in the frosh/soph event, running 11:53. Brandon Cruz ran a PR of 12:05 as well.

Jerricho Habon, Hugo Marquez and Brandon Cruz running the 3200

The Varsity session began in the early afternoon, and more improvements were had. Valeria Cortez, ran a 19.08 in the 100 hurdles, not a good time for her, but the race was actually a strong improvement in many ways. Valeria was the clear leader in her heat going into the final hurdle with a solid lead. She clipped the last hurdle badly and only barely managed to avoid falling, losing all momentum in the process. The girl who won the heat (who only passed her because of the final hurdle) ran 17.4, meaning Valeria was likely going to run a big seasons best, and potentially even threaten her PR.  Valeria would go on to place 3rd in the girls discus with a seasons best throw of 105-1. Alejandra Ceron took 8th in 93-3.The duo would be at it again in the girls Shot Put. Alejandra threw a big seasons best of 34-11 to take 2nd overall. Valeria threw a solid 30-8 for 9th place.

Alejandra Ceron after her big throw.  Fun fact: Alejandra is famously picky about only throwing her favorite Shot Put. 


The biggest breakthrough of the day came in the varsity boys 300 hurdles. Cody Huoch had a great first track season as a junior, winning the WVAL division title in a PR of 44.32. He only narrowly missed making CCS with a mid 44 clocking at BVAL champs. Cody showed that he is ready for new heights with his performance at Quicksilver.

Cody Huoch (center) hurdling the 7th hurdle of the 300 hurdles

Cody decimated his PR, running 43.20 to take 3rd place overall. This new PR puts Cody in strong contention for a CCS spot in the event.

Aliana Santos ran a PR of 32.27 in the 200 next. Aliana has been a dedicated track athlete for years, but has really broken through this season. Aliana had seasons bests of 34.32 as a sophomore, then 33.93 as a junior. In this week alone however, she lowered her PR massively, running 33.59 on Thursday, and then 32.27 on Saturday. A great reward for a hard working athlete, and evidence of the excellent job Coach Turner is doing with the teams sprinters.

Azael Zamora and Inteus Castro-Lopez ended the teams day with the varsity boys 3200. Despite both boys being sick, they nearly ran seasons bests. Azy ran 10:06, 1 second off his PR, and Inteus ran 11:17, 4 seconds off of his seasons best. Azael’s performance was good for 3rd place overall.

The team now heads into Spring break, a big training week for the team. After spring break the Comets will host Piedmont Hills on Thursday April 12th, before heading up to the Bearcat Invite.

As things currently stand, the comets are a combined 1-7 in varsity.

0-4 varsity girls, 1-3 varsity boys and 2-2 frosh/soph boys. As I discussed in my pre-season blog, our toughest opponents were our very first few meets. Our goal to prove that we belong in the ‘B’ division is unchanged. We will be working towards a strong finish, and our pre-season goal of a 6-8 combined varsity finish is still within reach.

Thanks for reading,

-Benny Reeves

Comets Endure at Quicksilver Classic

FS Boys 4×100 Team: Jose Limon, Chris Okoro, Misael Herrera and Adrian DeLaRosa

A group of Comets took to the Quicksilver Classic at Leland High School Saturday, and endured the rain in pursuit of fast times. The day kicked off with a great run by the Frosh/Soph 4×100 team. The team went in to the meet ranked 2nd to last with a seasons best time of 50.60. The team of Chris Okoro, Jose Limon, Adrian DeLaRosa and Misael Herera combined to run 48.92 and beat several higher ranked teams in the process.

Several members of the team continued their good day. Notably, Jose ran 12.31 for his first ever 100m dash, a great initial time which makes him the Comets number 1 runner in the event this season on just his first try. Misael followed up his strong 4×100 leg with a new PR over 400 of 57.79, a PR by almost 2 seconds. Azael Zamora also had a strong 400, running 57.61 compared to a previous best of 1:03.

Susie Peterson ran a PR of 19.90 in the 100 hurdles despite a rough start. Susie also ran a 200m Pr later in the meet, breaking 34 seconds for the first time. Lyndel Ventura made her 100m debut, and ran 14.63 in the process, a strong debut showing her spot on the 4×100 team is well earned. Alejandra Ceron managed to medal in the FS Shot Put by throwing 29-5 as well.

The Frosh/Soph day rounded up with two impressive 3200m performances. Arlet miranda ran 12:36.40 for 3rd place overall. In the process Arlet become just the 3rd girl in James Lick history (on record) to break 13 minutes for the 3200. In the boys version of the event, Azael ran a 7 second PR of 10:42.10 despite having run the 400 earlier.

Following the FS events, the Varsity day was kicked off. Alex Alonzo threw 32-8 for Shot Put for a solid 3 inch PR. Elizabeth Guevara ran 1:12.53 in an impressive display of speed over 400 meters. Denise Calixto ran a small PR of 1:15.39. Nathan Bernardo ran 56.41 for a seasons best in the 400. Daisy Nava ran 2:45.98 for a small PR in the 800. The boys 800 saw one of the most outstanding races of the day. Gustavo Parra ran 2:13.12 for a 3 second PR and the fastest time by a Comet so far this year. Gustavo Aguilera ran 2:17 for a PR in the same race.

Andrea Ortiz ran a .01 second PR in the 300 hurdles to lower her school record slightly, and take 5th place overall in the process. Eli followed up her strong 400 with a huge PR of 13:23.07 for the 3200, moving her into 5th on the schools all time list. Nathan narrowly missed his PR in the 3200 running 10:42 in steady rain.

The day ended with two 4x400s while most teams had already left the meet. The girls team of Andrea, Daisy, Eli and Alret ran 4:47 to place 4th out of 5 teams. The boys team, composed of both Gustavo’s Nathan and Hector after their 3200 ran a decent 4:02.

The team looks ahead to their final home meet of the year next Thursday against San Jose High. The boys will look to get their 4th win and clinch a winning season while the girls will attempt to move to 5-0. Following this, a small group of athletes will head to San Mateo High School for the team’s final invitational of the season.